Andy Martinolich
Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow

About me

After my initial exposure to the field of chemistry by an extremely passionate high school teacher in Lexington, Kentucky, I moved to Santa Clara University to pursue my undergraduate studies in the field.  There, I joined the group of Professor Korin Wheeler, where we investigated the interactions between silver nanoparticles and the metalloprotein azurin in order to study the possible effects of nanotechnology on human health.  I then opted to pursue my graduate studies at Colorado State University, where I was advised by Professor Jamie Neilson.  My graduate studies were primarily focused on the development of kinetic control in solid state chemical reactions in order to design reactions that would yield metastable inorganic materials with favorable electronic and physical properties.  Since October 2017, I've been a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech in the See Group.  Here, I am working to design inorganic materials to function as solid state electrolytes for next-generation batteries.

Curriculum Vitae​

Professional Experience

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125

Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow, March 2018 - Present

Postdoctoral Scholar, October 2017 - February 2018

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Area of Research: Functional Materials Design for Next-Generation Battery Systems

Advisor: Professor Kim See

Amyris Biotechnologies, Emeryville, CA 94608

Associate Scientist I, October 2012 - June 2013


2013 - 2017, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

Ph.D., Chemistry

Dissertation: Kinetic Control of Solid State Metathesis Reactions

Advisor: Professor James Neilson

2008 - 2012, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053

B.S., Chemistry

Area of research: Characterization of silver nanoparticle-metalloprotein interactions

Advisor: Professor Korin Wheeler

Graduate Awards

2017 Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences Dissertation Award in Chemistry

2016 Colorado State University Graduate Student Showcase Great Minds in Research, Honorable Mention

2016 ICDD Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award

2015 Colorado State University Graduate Student Showcase College of Natural Sciences Graduate Student Research Award

Selected Oral Presentations

Kinetic Control of Solid State Metathesis Reactions. California Institute of Technology, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar. Pasadena, CA. March 2018.

In Situ Synchrotron Powder X-Ray Scattering Studies of Kinetically Controlled Solid State Metathesis Reactions. American Crystallographic Association 66th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. July 2016.

Superconducting CuSe2 Polymorph Selection through Kinetically Controlled Solid State Metathesis. 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, MA. August 2015.


10. A. J. Martinolich, C.-W. Lee, I-T. Lu, S. C. Bevilacqua, M. B. Preefer, M. Bernardi, A. Schleife, and K. A. See. Solid State Divalent Ion Conduction in ZnPS3.  Chemistry of Materials, 2019, 31, 3652. [doi]

9. A. J. Martinolich and J. R. Neilson. Towards Reaction-by-Design: Achieving Kinetic Control of Solid State Chemistry with Metathesis. Chemistry of Materials201729, 479. [doi]

8. A. J. Martinolich, J. A. Kurzman, and J. R. Neilson. Circumventing Diffusion in Kinetically-Controlled Solid-State Metathesis Reactions. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016, 138, 11031. [doi]

7. A. J. Martinolich, R. F. Higgins, M. P. Shores, and J. R. Neilson. Lewis Base Mediated Polymorph Selectivity of Pyrite CuSe2 through Atom Transfer in Solid State Metathesis. Chemistry of Materials, 2016, 28, 1854. [doi]

6. D. N. Freitas, A. J. Martinolich, Z. N. Amaris, and K. E. Wheeler. Beyond the Passive Interactions at the Nano-Bio Interface: Evidence of Cu Metalloprotein-Driven Oxidative Dissolution of Silver Nanoparticles. Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 2016, 14, 7. [doi]

5. J. A. Kurzman, A. J. Martinolich, and J. R. Neilson.  Influence of interstitial Mn on local structure and magnetism in Mn1+δSb. Physical Review B, 2015, 92, 184414. [doi]

4. J. A. Kurzman, K. E. Dettelbach, A. J. Martinolich, C. P. Berlinguette, and J. R. Neilson. Structural Characteristics and Eutaxy in the Photodeposited Amorphous Iron Oxide Oxygen Evolution Catalyst. Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 3462. [doi]

3. A. J. Martinolich, J. A. Kurzman, and J. R. Neilson. Polymorph Selectivity of Superconducting CuSe2 Through Kinetic Control of Solid-State Metathesis. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 3827. [doi]

2. A. J. Martinolich and J. R. Neilson, Pyrite Formation via Kinetic Intermediates Through Low Temperature Solid-State Metathesis. Journal of the American Chemical Society2014, 136, 15654. [doi]

1. A. J. Martinolich, G. Park, M. Y. Nakamoto, R. E. Gate, and K. E. Wheeler. Structural and Functional Effects of Cu Metalloprotein-Driven Silver Nanoparticle Dissolution. Environmental Science and Technology, 2012, 46, 6355. [doi]